Bing's plan is to give officers willing to return from the suburbs foreclosed houses for only $1,000 down, The Detroit News reported Tuesday. They would also get up to $150,000 for repairs.
The mayor has selected two neighborhoods for what is known as Project 14 from a police code for back to normal. One of them is Boston-Edison, where Chandra Robinson lives.
"The taxes over here, they're monstrous," Robinson said. "I would love to see them here because I would feel more safe. But would the homeowners have the same opportunity?"
Detroit's population fell 25 percent in the first decade of the 21st century. Residents cited rising crime and taxes and declining services.
City officials say residents have received a lot of aid, much of it coming from federal Community Development Block Grants.
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